Top tips for adding vintage style to your wedding with vintage china
By Wells Vintage Tea Party, Feb 15 2017 01:22PM
Adding a touch of vintage style will add charm and timeless elegance to your wedding day, whatever your style of venue and time of year.
We love all things vintage (well pretty much all!) and want to share some of our thoughts about ways in which you can use vintage china at your wedding; either to add a subtle hint of vintage, or as one element of a truely vintage affair.
This list is of course not exhaustive, and the options are limitless. Be as creative as you like and remember that the key to planning your wedding day is to make it your own and do it your way.
Afternoon tea wedding breakfast
Afternoon tea is loved by all, and let's be honest, what's not to love about tea, sandwiches and cake! Wedding breakfasts are usually taken around 4.30/5pm which by coincidence is the traditional time for afternoon tea.
Imagine the scene as your guests walk in ... Each table set with beautiful vintage china, silver cutlery and handmade napkins. In the centre of each table you might have jam jars or teapots filled with pretty seasonal flowers.
Guests are served delicate finger sandwiches, scones with cream & jam, followed by slices of cake and small individual patisseries on vintage tiered cake stands. Why not also serve a whole cake on each table for added effect. One of our favourites is a simple (but very beautiful!) strawberry and cream filled victoria sponge, which looks stunning on a vintage glass cake stand.
Although the food looks dainty and small, please don't worry that an afternoon tea won't be enough. It is actually very filling and nobody will be left feeling hungry, promise!
Vintage tea & biscuits on arrival at the church/ceremony venue
Guests will often arrive early to a wedding and some will have travelled a fair distance, so inviting your guests for a cup of tea and a bite to eat before the ceremony will be very welcome. And a cup of tea in a vintage teacup will start your wedding day in true style!
Having a pre-wedding cup of tea will not only ensure that everyone is at the venue in plenty of time, but that they are relaxed and ready to enjoy your wedding ceremony without rumbling tummies.
Alternatively, you could serve tea and biscuits straight after the wedding service, before you all head off to the reception venue. What a lovely way to end your ceremony!
Vintage cream tea while the photos are being taken
The time between the ceremony and the wedding breakfast can sometimes feel quite long for guests, especially if this is when the newly weds disappear to have their photos taken. We think that this is the prefect time to serve a light cream tea (with scones) or tea and cake. Scones and cakes are a lovely substitution for canapes and are often a bit more filling.
A great way to involve close friends and family in your big day is to ask them to bring handmade cakes for you to serve. The more varied the cakes the more beautiful your cake table will look.
Why not add some good old fashioned fun with lawn games for both your big and little guests to play while tea is being served.
Chilled cocktails or cordials in pretty floral teacups
Everyone loves a pretty teacup so why save them just for tea? If you are having a summer wedding with drinks on the lawn, what could be lovelier than a summery drink served in a beautiful vintage teacup? Not a lot we say!
We did some research and found some great recipes for tea-based cocktails, which surely call for another article. Watch this space ...
Perfect for mulled wine at a winter wedding
Mulled wine looks glorious served in china teacups and will add some vintage glamour and colour to a winter wedding. It is the perfect warming drink to give your guests after your wedding ceremony, and is a drink saved only for the cold winter months.
If you are getting married in December, why not also serve bite sized mince pies with the mulled wine. What's not to love?
Vintage dinner china for your wedding breakfast
Forget impersonal and uninspiring white crockery, and serve your wedding breakfast on floral vintage china. Of course, it isn't just reserved for afternoon tea, vintage china looks amazing whatever is served on it!
We have a large collection of dinner plates and side plates, as well as vintage table cutlery that will allow you to enjoy a vintage theme without the tea and cake!
Serve tea and coffee after the wedding breakfast in vintage teacups
If you are planning a more traditional three (or more) course wedding breakfast and don't fancy vintage plates for the meal itself, you can still add a touch of vintage by serving the after dinner tea and coffee in vintage china teacups and saucers. They will look beautiful and give a subtle hint of vintage elegance to your table, and the tea can be poured from vintage teapots.
Desserts served in teacups are always a treat
Give your guests something to talk about and serve chilled desserts in teacups on saucers. A vintage silver teaspoon will finish the look perfectly.
Please no frozen desserts as fine bone china doesn't like to get too cold!
Don't forget your evening guests ...
Why save the beautiful vintage china for your daytime guests? Once you have cut your wedding cake in the evening, serve it to all your guests on pretty vintage teaplates along with tea and coffee in vintage teacups.
Vintage themed picnic
For a truely relaxed afternoon wedding, why not treat your guests to an informal picnic. Hampers full of wonderful summery picnic food can be eaten off vintage plates with tea and chilled drinks served in teacups. Finish the look with colourful blankets and picnic rugs, some fun outdoor games and everyone will be happy as Larry!
We hope this gives you some inspiration for your big day x